Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has resolved to see his party form a single-majority government in Maharashtra, and said he will not refrain from snatching power to realise this dream.
In the second of a three-part interview to Sena mouthpiece Saamana on Friday, Thackeray continued firing friendly salvos at the BJP, appealing to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to investigate the allegations against his ministers.
While he reiterated his party supported the BJP-led government in the state, only to ensure there is a stable government in the state and to kick the Congress-NCP out of power, he regretted the bitter parting of ways with its ally before the state elections in 2014.
On Thursday, Thackeray had taunted the BJP over PM Modi’s ‘acche din’ promise saying people are still facing the same issues and nothing has changed on the ground.
“All Shiv Sainiks have a dream that Maharashtra should have a Sena-led majority government. As a Sena chief, it is my dream and to snatch this power. Slowly, all the people of Maharashtra will dream of the same,” said Thackeray. He said things would have been different and the current issues would not have remained if people had trusted Bal Thackeray’s words and voted a majority Sena government to power earlier.
Talking of why he supported a BJP government in the state, Thackeray said it was because of ‘unfortunate’ circumstances that they split, but joined hands for want of a stable government.
“Despite the split, the Sena gave a tough fight single-handedly. On one side was a whole army of ministers, all armed with modern technology, and on the other hand was our sainik. We still got 63 legislators elected. Eventually, the BJP needed us to form the government and we gave them support for the stability of the state,” he said. Talking of the past, he said in the 25-year-old alliance, there was an unwritten arithmetic that the BJP would take care of the government at the Centre, while it would support the Sena in the state, which was not followed.
When asked about the allegations against ministers, including the ‘chikki scam’, he suggested Fadnavis proactively investigate into the matter. “It is necessary that there is an investigation in the matter. It should not happen that the people get maligned and there is no truth to the issues,” he said.
He also expressed surprise about the Congress protesting against problems that they themselves have created. “It is surprising how the Congress is protesting against issues it has not solved. They were supposed to give homes to mill workers, but they changed rules and it never happened. What are you taking out morchas for?” he said.